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Cliff brings fans on a journey of music at Marquee

Friday, 16th June, 2017 10:01am

Cliff Richard is an incredible 76 years old but has the energy of a man half that age - as his Live at the Marquee show proved last night!

He opened his gig with a great number, 'It's Gonna Be OK' and was backed by a great band - the drummer had a set of drums Mick Fleetwood would be proud of!

I had wondered if his voice would still be able for such a big gig but fear not, Cliff's voice was at its best and he had the grey tops rocking. He made a big impression when he said 'Céad Míle Fáilte' to the audience, who were mostly over 50s and many - like myself - a further decade along. There was a wide range of age groups in the almost sold-out crowd and everyone was there for a good time!

To add some balance, Cliff's opening group was Britian's Got Talent 2014 winners Collabro. It was their first Cork visit and the Cork audience just loved them - come back soon!

I loved how Cliff took us along a journey of music. He sang 'Move It' from the late 1950s, which is an iconic rock 'n' roll song and also, his first hit. He also covered the great Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Great Balls of Fire' and Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen' as if he himself was back in the 1960s.

Bobby Darin's 'Multipulation' was so good it got the crowd on its feet and by the end of the evening, the main floor was full with almost everyone standing.

You can't beat the classics though and 'Summer Holiday' and 'The Young Ones' were brilliant.

He also sang a duet of 'Suddenly' with his talanted back-up volcaist, a song he sang with Olivia Newton John quite a few decades ago now!

Cliff filled the evening with interesting and historic anecdotes and stories, which the crowd really enjoyed. He told us that the first song he did after leaving the Shadows - was actually written by one of the Shadows.

The man is a class act and didn't disappoint the many fans who had come to sing and dance the night away with one of the orignal masters - who still looks like a kid! It was a great evening, with a great entertainer, and we all left singing his songs - with a smile on our faces.


Review: Pat Ryan




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